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Minnesota Dam in Imminent Danger of Failing

DEVELOPING STORY: Flooding on the Blue Earth River breached the Rapidan Dam Monday morning and it’s now in an “imminent failure condition,” officials said.  Watch videos below.

Le Sueur County residents in low-lying areas of the Minnesota River Valley are advised to closely monitor the situation and potentially evacuate, according to the county’s emergency management office. The agency initially said the dam had failed, but later updated that the dam had been breached. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for areas downstream until 4:30 p.m.  

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office says debris started accumulating on Sunday at the 114-year-old dam, located about 10 miles southwest of Mankato, placing it “in imminent failure condition.”  

Dam operators alerted officials at about 10:36 a.m. Monday the river had significantly eroded earth around the west side of the dam on the south side of Mankato, the National Weather Service says.

Gov. Tim Walz released a statement on the dam Monday afternoon. 

“Our agencies are in close contact with Blue Earth County and other local officials regarding the Rapidan Dam near Mankato. Emergency management is on the ground and acting quickly to ensure the safety of Minnesotans as the situation develops,” Walz said. 

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